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Sep 15, 2019 - Champagne in Champagne

Monday 26 August Only 4 locks today and took a mooring at Chaumont. Very nice village. Tuesday 27 August 15 locks today. Needed to wait an hour for the lifting bridge at Vieville to be opened manually. Wednesday 28 August 16 locks today. Took up a mooring at Chamouiley. Thursday 29 – 30 August 10 locks today. Needed to wait 2 hours at lock 58 whilst maintenance was being completed on lock 59. Had a bit of a language problem with the lock keeper but luckily a dutch barge was going through the lock and the skipper was able to translate the...

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Summer 2019

Sep 8, 2019 - Locks, Locks and more Locks

Wednesday 21 - 22 August Took in 11 locks on Wednesday and 16 locks on Thursday, all ascending. We’ve developed a bit of a routine going into locks but it hasn’t been without some problems. Earlier on Wednesday we had problems with two locks so were delayed over 2 hours whilst the VNF (very helpful) sorted out the issues. The average ascent in these locks are 3.5m and we’re spending near enough 15 minutes in each lock. Friday 23 August A bit of a milestone. After going through 12 locks (of which the last 8 were very deep (a rise of over...

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Summer 2019

Sep 1, 2019 - Canals and architecture

Friday 16 August Continued further north and dropped anchors (fore and aft) opposite Tournus, which is a lovely village with very impressive and diverse architecture and an abbey (which is celebrating is millennium). Saturday 17 – 18 August Long trip today and going through 2 locks we found a space on the pontoon at the village Seurre. On the Sunday there was a bric-a-brac/ antiques market where there were stalls covering streets and streets around the riverside. It’s amazing what stuff people try to sell. The place was heaving. Had a...

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Summer 2019

Oct 8, 2018 - Freedom biking

Today we were headed to Sens, our last stop in the Bourgogne. The first part was a long-ish incline but not as steep as yesterday. We were given free reign to cycle ahead at our own pace, so long as we stopped at intersections, where we might have to turn. This was great fun, and we cycled past numerous little villages and hamlets that were dotted between the expansive fields, all of which had been harvested of their corn, sunflowers, beets and other crops. However, the freedom got to the heads of Lan and two others, and they shot past an...

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Oct 7, 2018 - Sunday bloody Sunday

We awoke to a drizzle of rain this morning after some rain overnight. We are in the rhythm of the bike and barge way now. Up at 7:30 and breakfast at 8:00. We make our own lunches from the breakfast table and pack them on to our bikes. This gives us maximum flexibility with what to eat and when during the day. All packed up, we swung over the ancient bridge across the Yonne and up the hillside through the streets of Joigny. Almost immediately we began to climb up to a ridge overlooking the town. It was a steady, but not too steep climb, and...

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Oct 6, 2018 - Oils ain't oils

This is our first full day of riding, from Gurgy to Joigny. As mentioned, all the wineries are busy at the harvest, so today we will instead be visiting an oil producer in the small town of Brienon. The route to Brienon was mostly pretty flat, although there was a little more traffic than was ideal. To avoid the worst of the traffic, Nina took us on a route along a canal that she had not taken before, but looked OK on Google Maps. Unfortunately that route turned out to be a gravel road, mostly compacted, but with occasional spots covered...

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Oct 5, 2018 - A gentle drop or two

We had a relatively relaxing day today. Breakfast was a delicious combination of cereals, fruits, cheeses, paté, breads etc. The deal is that we also make a packed lunch from these provisions, including salads, snacks and drinks. Rather than setting off cycling, first Nina took us on a tour of the town. Although Jane and Lan had already had a walk around, Nina took us to another part of the town that we hadn’t seen, including a local clothing and fresh food market. We had our packed lunch back at the barge and then set off on our bikes to...

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Oct 4, 2018 - On our bikes!

So today we started our barge and bike tour from Auxerre to Paris. We had breakfast at our hotel in Troyes and headed for Auxerre. It was a bit further than we had originally anticipated, so we only just made it in time to return our hire car to Hertz. We found the Quai de la Republique on the Yonne River, and were delighted to see the good old Elodie again. The Elodie is the barge that we sailed on from Paris to Brugge in 2012. We had such fond memories of both that tour and the barge and its crew that we were keen to try another trip with...

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Sep 28, 2018 - Easy on a jet plane

We’ve had a lovely time in Copenhagen but it’s now time to move on to the south for the few days we have free before our bike and barge tour. We’re heading to Auxerre, southeast of Paris, which is where we are to start our tour. From there we’ll take a few days to explore the area before we get on the bikes. We had tricky logistics to manage today. We flew Easyjet to CDG Paris, then had to take the train to Chatelet-Les Halles station in the city, metro to Paris-Bercy train station, train to Laroche-Migennes, and then we had 11 minutes to...

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May 31, 2018 - Day 11 - Tour Dijon

The head remembered last nights Pinot however we were away at 0830 hrs for a sandwich and pastry breakfast at a Paul’s Boulangerie. A stumble upon find of the office of tourism confirmed that Dijon doesn’t have a hop on/off bus and 3.5 Euro later we departed with a map of the cities’s walking trail which was forecast to take an hour to complete. There is the Owl Trail and three loops. We completed the Owl trail and the Zola Loop at 1530 hrs; somewhat longer than indicated. Highlights of the walks were the Jardin Darcy with it three tiers...

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May 30, 2018 - Day 10 - Dijon

Breakfast in the hotel and we were away at 0930 hrs for our first stop at Chareau de Cormatin. However our first stop had to be north of Lyon for fuel as it is obvious we are burning it faster than diesel and at 1.68 Euro a litre petrol is definitely not cheap in Europe. One toll later we were on a country road passing through the lovely town of Cluny where we spotted a large walled area with corner turrets. We did not stop to look which will be a regret. As we continued north we spotted one large Chateau in the distance to the east and...

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May 25, 2018 - Chamonix-Mont Blanc

Hi. We left Chatillon when we spotted a Globus bus turning the same way. We drove through the high narrow Valee d'Aosta. Little villages and towns dot the mountainsides. Ahead and to the sides, peaks were white. A narrow river flowed in the bottom. High on the mountainsides terraced fields had grape vines growing in them. Then we came to the mountains and the tunnels...8 in all with barely a breath between. And high often white-capped mountains. Narrow valleys went off in all directions. In some tunnels we went down, others we climbed up....

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